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  • New business filings in Wyoming jump 27% compared to last year

    Maya Shimizu Harris, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Sep 7, 2023

    CASPER — The number of new business filings in Wyoming surged dramatically this year compared to last, bringing in a whopping 25% increase in revenue from filings. The Secretary of State’s Office has processed roughly 590,000 business filings for fiscal year 2023 — more than a 27% increase compared to last year, Colin Crossman, business division director for the Secretary of State’s Office, told lawmakers last week. “That’s massive,” Crossman said. “That eclipses all of the other years that I tracked here.” As a result of these filings, the Sec...

  • State GOP urges districts to adopt 'parental rights' policies

    Maya Shimizu Harris, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|May 11, 2023

    CASPER — The Wyoming Republican Party is asking local school districts to adopt policies that align with Senate File 117 — a bill proposed during the session this year that’s similar to Florida’s so-called “Don’t Say Gay” law, and which would have barred classroom instruction about gender identity and sexual orientation in certain grades. Two county parties — Park and Sheridan counties — passed resolutions in April and March, respectively, urging their local districts to adopt policies that align with Senate File 117. The state GOP central...

  • Abortion critics navigate courts

    Maya Shimizu Harris, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Mar 30, 2023

    CASPER – Anti-abortion lawmakers in Wyoming celebrated a historic win following the U.S. Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade over the summer, vowing to further restrict the procedure by next deleting the rape and incest exemptions in the trigger abortion ban that the Legislature had passed months earlier. But more than half a year and two lawsuits later, that initial jubilation has quieted as anti-abortion lawmakers in the Equality State face the realities of a complex post-Roe landscape. On Wednesday, a Teton County judge temporarily blo...

  • Abortion bill's future uncertain in Senate

    Maya Shimizu Harris, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Feb 23, 2023

    CASPER — It’s unclear whether the Senate will get to debate the “Life is a Human Right” bill, the most ambitious and sweeping anti-abortion legislation the Wyoming Legislature has seen. Over a week after clearing the House in a 46-16 vote, House Bill 152 still hasn’t been assigned to a Senate committee for its first hearing in that chamber. Senate President Ogden Driskill, who is in charge of assigning bills to committees, told the Star-Tribune on Friday morning that he’s deliberating whether or not to bring the bill out of his drawer beca...

  • Dockstader sponsors parental rights bill

    Maya Shimizu Harris, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jan 19, 2023

    CASPER — Wyomingites may see something similar to Florida’s so-called “Don’t Say Gay” law become a reality in Wyoming. Sen. Dan Dockstader, R-Afton, is sponsoring a bill that would bar classroom instruction about sexual orientation and gender identity in kindergarten through third grade, or “in a manner that is not age appropriate or developmentally appropriate...” The act would take effect in July of this year if it becomes law. Senate File 117, titled “Parental rights in education,” would also require school personnel to report changes in...

  • Lummis vote spurs censure talk; two GOP lawmakers push attempt following vote on gay marriage

    Maya Shimizu Harris, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jan 12, 2023

    CASPER — Following Sen. Cynthia Lummis’ unexpected vote to enshrine federal recognition of same-sex marriage, some in Wyoming’s Republican Party want to try to censure her. Casper Republican Rep.-elect Jeanette Ward made a motion at the Natrona County Republican Party Central Committee meeting on Thursday to add discussion of Lummis’ potential censure to the agenda. Another incoming freshman representative, Midwest Republican Bill Allemand, seconded her motion, but it ended up failing in a 57-89 vote. Both Ward and Allemand were signatories of...

  • GOP grapples with write-ins

    Maya Shimizu Harris, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Oct 6, 2022

    CASPER — After learning of a write-in effort to oust Republican nominee Sen. Ogden Driskill, the Campbell County GOP expressed frustration at Republican candidates “re-inventing themselves” to run in the general election. Following the primaries, supporters of Roger Connett, who lost by 442 votes to Driskill in the primary race for Senate District 1, started a grassroots write-in campaign called “Roger is Right” to challenge Driskill in the general election. Driskill, R-Devils Tower, is the Senate’s Majority Floor Leader and has been in the...

  • Potential schools file for charters

    Maya Shimizu Harris, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Aug 4, 2022

    CASPER — Three potential Wyoming schools have applied for charters now. Prairie View Community School in Chugwater, Wyoming Classical Academy Charter School in Mills and Cheyenne Classical Academy Charter School have applied for charters, according to an update from State Superintendent of Public Instruction Brian Schroeder. If their charters are approved, the schools will likely open their doors in fall 2023. Charter schools are public schools, so they’re funded with state money. They don’t charge tuition and they’re still accountable to stat...